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While the Gators are currently ranked 50th in Recruitment ranking of the 247Sports 2022 team, they still managed to create a sensation during the first Early National Signing Day.
Florida has signed nine players:
Tight end Tony Livingston (Tampa, Florida)
Offensive lineman Christian williams (Missouri, Texas)
Offensive lineman David conner (Atlanta, Georgia)
Kicker Trey smack (Severna Park, Maryland)
Defensive tackle Jamari Lyon (Viera, Florida)
corner half Devin moore (Naples, Florida)
Security Kamari Wilson (Fort Pierce, Florida)
Defensive tackle Chris McClellan (Owasso, Oklahoma)
linebacker Shemar james (Mobile, Alabama)
“I think when you look at this roster of players and you see the height and the length, you see verified speed, I think you see functional movement, character, high production, competitive spirit. I think it’s a smart bunch that comes from really good people, great communicators. I think they’re wired well, if that makes sense, and they’re people who make the team the priority, ”Napier said at his press conference on Wednesday.
Wilson and James, both among the top 100 rookies, were surprise signings.
James enlisted in Florida in June, then reneged on his pledge in October before re-enlisting. 247 Sports named him as the No. 7 linebacker in the class of 2022. Rivals ranks him as a five-star rookie. He chose Florida over Georgia and Alabama.
247 Sports has Wilson as a five-star rookie, No. 2 safety in the country and the fifth overall rookie in Florida. Wilson, who was considered tilted for Georgia, is from IMG Academy, and it’s a promising sign that Napier was successful in securing Wilson’s national letter of intent as the Gators have traditionally struggled to recruit at football powerhouse Bradenton, Fla.
“I think Kamari made a decision that changed his life,” Napier said. “I think that fan base, that alumni group, is the kind of guy that you bring together here who chose the University of Florida, decided to stay in that state, and a guy who, I think, go about it the right way and represent this place as it should be portrayed.
You can read more about the latest Gators at Florida National Signing Day website.
The Gators’ class of 2022 also includes an indoor offensive lineman Farmer Jalen, Who Swamp247 Reports chose to wait to sign on the traditional National Signing Day in February.
Napier said he was excited afterwards.
“I love to evaluate. I love to recruit. I think it’s kind of an off-season competition, and certainly, even though we’ve only been working on it for a few days, it’s been a lot of fun with that jumping man and that Gator on my shirt, ”he said. . . “We will add to this group. We still have a lot of work to do here with plenty of room. We have to keep building here, and I think it’s important for us to realize that this is going to happen one day at a time and one person at a time.
In this episode of Gators Breakdown, host David Waters and Will miles, with Read and Reaction, discover the latest additions to the football team.
And in the last episode, David joins Gators Breakdown listeners for a phone conversation to discuss Napier’s signing day.
?? Napier staff is growing
Napier continues to complete his team.
More recently, Katie turner was named the assistant athletic director of the Florida recruiting strategy after spending two seasons in Georgia, where she worked as the Bulldogs’ recruiting operations manager. Prior to her time in Athens, Alabama graduate Turner was on staff at Napier, Louisiana as the director of campus football recruiting from 2018-2020.
Another notable hire from our newsletter is the veteran defensive back coach Corey Raymond, who left LSU for Florida. He will be the Gators cornerback coach and assistant defense head coach. He has spent the last 10 seasons at LSU, where he was a starter for three years from 1989 to 1991, and has also served as the program’s recruiting coordinator for the past two years.
READ MORE: Florida sign veteran high school coach Raymond away from LSU
Darnell stapleton has also joined the Napier squad and will coach the offensive line. Stapleton spent the 2021 season with Napier in Louisiana.
Jamar Chaney is back to Florida, this time as a defensive analyst – inside linebackers / outside linebackers. Chaney, a Florida native who played linebacker for Mississippi State, spent the 2019 season as an assistant director of player personnel for the Gators. For the past two seasons, he was on the Bulldogs’ staff as a senior defensive analyst.
Keary colbert was announced as the wide receivers coach. He has spent the past six seasons at his alma mater, USC.
️ Gators entering the transfer portal
In addition to staff moves, there have also been moves on the Gators roster, with a few notable players entering the transfer laptop.
Yahoo Sports’ Pierre Thamel reports this quarterback Emory jones plans to enter the transfer portal but will play in the Gasparilla Bowl.
Meanwhile, wide receiver Jacob copeland and linebacker Mohamoud Diabate both entered the portal. Edge rusher Khris Bogle entered the portal and has since committed to the state of Michigan. And offensive tackle Gerald Mincey clerk in Tennessee after entering the portal.
Here you can see a list that GatorsWire has compiled Florida players who entered the portal.
️ Carter withdraws from Gasparilla Bowl
Defensive end Zechariah Carter opted out of the Gasparilla Bowl to begin preparing for the NFL Draft.
He did social media announcement, thanking his coaches, teammates, family and Gator Nation.
FULL STORY : Carter withdraws from Gasparilla Bowl against UCF
The Gators (6-6) will play UCF (8-4) at the Gasparilla Bowl on December 23 in Tampa. Another Gator who won’t play is the quarterback Anthony richardson, Who Gatorsports.com Reports will miss the game after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
?? Gators men’s basketball team splits games
The Gators’ men’s basketball rebounded from a winless loss to Texas Southern with an 85-55 win last Wednesday over North Florida.
Colin Castleton recorded a career-high 26 points, along with eight rebounds.
But the Gators fell again when they lost to Maryland 70-68 on Saturday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational.
Next up: The Gators face South Florida on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic at Surfside. Departure is at 1 p.m.
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